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Ko Itakura was quoted by the Scottish Express saying he’s ‘happy’ to hear rumors he could move to Celtic. The Japanese defender will not stay at the club on loan from Schalke.

Under contract with Manchester City, Itakura, 25, spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan with the Bundesliga side. He played a crucial role, registering 32 appearances and helping Schalke to promotion as champions.

Despite having a £5m clause in the loan deal at Schalke and his current deal with City ending in 2023, Schalke have confirmed he will not sign Itakura permanently. Celtic are interested, according to reports.

The Hoops are likely to be one of the favorites for the “incredibly fast” Itakura. Now the player – who is part of the Japanese national team – has responded when asked about a potential move to Celtic this summer.

“I’m very happy to hear this story because I saw it in the news,” Itakura said on Celtic interest – according to the Express. “First, I want to go where I’m needed. I haven’t chosen a team yet, no.

Itakura “happy” to hear the Celtic rumors: this decision makes perfect sense

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Even more in recent days. First of all, Carl Starfelt suffered a hamstring injury with Sweden and that highlights the need for a defender. Chris Jullien seems to be able to return to France.

Cameron Carter-Vickers is yet to sign permanently from Tottenham – a move Chris Sutton has urged his former side to complete before things get “sighy”. Stephen Welsh is no better than a fringe player at Parkhead.

So signing a centre-back makes sense. Itakura is cheap, City has a good relationship with City and there are already four Japanese players in Parkhead. It makes perfect sense for Itakura to join the Hoops.

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